A common misconception is that cosmetic dentistry is merely a means to make aesthetic improvements. While it does provide ways to correct flaws in your smile and provide you with a heightened degree of confidence, there is much more to cosmetic dentistry. In reality, it also serves as an avenue to improve your oral function and enhance your health. To learn more about how a well-trained cosmetic dentist in East Longmeadow can improve your oral wellness through the many modalities available, continue reading.
How Can Cosmetic Dentistry Improve Your Oral Function?
To explore how cosmetic dentistry can enhance your dental function, let’s take a look at a few good examples:
- Tooth-Colored Fillings – In the past, a filling would only be categorized as a restorative form of dentistry. After all, there was nothing aesthetic about having silvery structures that left a glaring difference in the appearance of your teeth. But now the lines have thankfully been blurred between a restoration and cosmetic applications, because of tooth-colored fillings. They still offer the restorative qualities of amalgam (metal) fillings with the added advantage of being directly bonded to the teeth. This provides for a stronger application that doesn’t require any additional removal of enamel. Furthermore, you won’t have to worry about it expanding and contracting in response to temperature changes like amalgam fillings do.
- All-Ceramic Restorations – Another option for restoring the function of your teeth that offers aesthetic benefits, is the all-ceramic restoration. It’s greatest cosmetic quality is that it leaves you with a natural appearance while allowing you to once again use the tooth as it was designed. And whereas such procedures typically require two visits to complete, your dentist in East Longmeadow will be able to repair your tooth or perform a root canal and place a crown all in one visit.
- Invisalign – Invisalign clear aligners offer a doubly aesthetic effect. Not only will they deliver a perfect smile in far less time than traditional braces, they’ll also allow you to adjust your teeth without wearing bulky braces. In addition to the improvements to your appearance that you’ll enjoy, having straight teeth affords you the ability to speak with more clarity. It also enhances your jaw health by properly aligning it and helps you chew your food better to extract nutrients.
How Can Cosmetic Dentistry Improve Your Oral Health?
One way that cosmetic dentistry can have a major impact on your oral health is by correcting crowded or misaligned teeth. When these problems exist, they can hinder your ability to practice oral hygiene properly, which can allow food particles and bacteria to collect in hard-to-reach areas. This can lead to gum disease or other complications, so by straightening your teeth you can iron out other oral maladies.
Now that you have a better understanding of how connected cosmetic and restorative dentistry are, reach out to your local oral expert to enjoy the benefits of both worlds today!
About the Author
Dr. Steve Scannel earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from SUNY at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine. A member of several professional organizations, he provides expert and compassionate care at his East Longmeadow practice. Dr. Scannel can be reached for more information through his website.